I need more torque!


#1

I need some help to determine how to increase my torque.

Some background info.
I can complete workouts fine when I’m spinning 95+ rpm. But when I slow my spin to a climbing grind of 75 to 85 rpm I notice that it gets quite hard for me. So hard that I jeopardize next days workout that the quality will suffer or I’m unable to complete them.

When I ride outside with a group (and I’m one of the fitter riders) I struggle when I run out of gears and I’m forced to grind…

So what should I do? Do more intervals in the 75 to 85 rpm range? With the risk of negatively impact my next workouts. Or should I do sprint workouts to increase torque that way?

Help is appreciated!


#2

One option is to get more gearing on your bike. That would be an instant gain.

I’m sure strength training and/or low cadence drills can help - but will take time.


#3

Out on the road lower gearing will reduce the amount of times you’re caught out and have to grind.

A cadence of 75-85 rpm is always going to be difficult, it’s more muscular than it is aerobic.